WATERSIDE WAR RELIC FOUND
The remains of a concrete pillbox dating from the Second World War have been uncovered at Cowley on the banks of the Grand Union Canal. The Canal & River Trust discovered the foundations of the hexagonal structure when excavating for a boaters’ rubbish bin enclosure. Around 18,000 of these structures were built across Britain in the 1940s, taking advantage of waterways and other existing features to form lines of defence in case of invasion. This particular one formed part of the ‘Outer London Defence Ring’, and soldiers with rifles and machine-guns would have used it to defend the capital.